Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.87
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date July 29, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Colorado College
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Luke Scott
Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator
Facilities Services
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Colorado College does not generate much “special” waste and those situations are evaluated on a case by case basis. The college does its best to reduce the amount of universal waste it sends for disposal by recycling as much as possible. The college recycles leftover paint, light bulbs, batteries and empty aerosol cans. Used motor oil is reused as fuel to heat the automotive shop at Colorado College. The science departments on campus have also taken steps to reduce the amount of hazardous waste they generate by changing purchasing practices and changing lab procedures. The science departments are encouraged to purchase amounts of chemicals to match their needs instead of buying materials in bulk. They have also altered student lab experiments by substituting in less hazardous chemicals where possible and changing to microscale experiments which use smaller quantities of chemicals.

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Colorado College is dedicated to the protection and conservation of the environment. Established Federal and state regulations require that the College ensure that hazardous, bio-hazardous and universal wastes be properly managed “cradle-to-grave”. The Environmental Health and Safety department is directly responsible for the management of these wastes for the College and works with a third party contractor to ensure the safe and legal disposal of the hazardous waste generated.

A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:
There have been no significant incidents within the previous three years.

A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
The Colorado College Department of Environmental Health and Safety operates a Chemical Redistribution Program which accepts both opened and unopened bottles of unwanted but still usable chemicals and lab ware, and redistributes them to others on campus. The redistribution of chemicals and lab ware is free to any interested college department or research laboratory. The program’s objective is to redistribute any useable chemical that would otherwise be disposed of as hazardous waste.

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all electronic waste generated by the institution?:

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s):
The IT department organizes a monthly pick-up of electronic materials such as hard drives, floppy disks, laptops, keyboards, monitors, microwaves, scanners, cameras, cell phones, circuit boards, etc. Collection buckets for batteries and small electronics are located in the library, the student center, and the facilities office.

A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:
Colorado College employs Metech Recycling to provide our electronic waste recycling. Metech Recycling is a founding member of the Basel Action Network (BAN) e-Stewards program, and signer of the BAN Pledge of True Stewardship. Metech Recycling locations are Certified e-Stewards® Recyclers. Certified e-Stewards are leading North American electronics recyclers who are qualified as upholding the highest standard of environmental and social responsibility. Metech Recycling is a Founder of e-Stewards and was the seventh company in the U.S. to become Certified e-Stewards® Recyclers.

The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:

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